• Too Far

    I think Obama has signed more executive orders than any other president in America's history. Our rights and freedoms are slowly being trampled by the current administration. As for Obama's last 23 orders, I think most are justly issued, however a few important ones need to be vetoed for the interest of the general population of the country, not just gun owners.

  • Abuse of Power

    It's about checks and balance. That"s WHY congress makes the laws so the President cannot have too much power. It's totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL! What it is it about this president we have now that makes him think he is any different than those before him? He has to abide by the constitution as we all do. If he wants to change laws, go about it the way it was ORIGINALLY designed.

  • If it is making a new Law

    As the CEO essentially of the executive branch, the president can direct the behavior of those who report to him. However, making a law such as the current discussion of a gun ban is not directing his underlings but creating law without the legislative process. Ths president has done it a few times claiming he is acting because the congress won't. Well, THAT is illegal. If the representatives that the people elected don't do what the president wants, hat is in principle because their constituents don't want it. This would be like the corporate CEO giving orders to the BOD. In any corporation where the CEO tried that, the board would fire him.

  • Totally Unconstitutional

    The president / executive branch's primary role is to be head of state, commander in chief. He may ratify treaties, sign legislation from the legislative branch (congress) into law or veto it. He does not have the authority to make legislation through executive order. That is what a king does, plain and simple. This is totally unacceptable. I don't understand how the judiciary branch hasn't struck this down.

  • Executive Orders are Unconstitutional

    Ever since the inception of this country, the purpose was to have a system of checks and balances. We achieve this by limiting the power of the executive branch. The Presidents ability given to him by executive order is unjust. He protected Eric Holder using executive order, a man who is responsible for the death of a border patrol agent.

  • Yes. It is essentially the same thing as the executive branch making a law.

    In the US system of government, Congress makes the laws. The President carries those laws out. An Executive Order essentially skips Congress and has the President make a law without Congressional approval. Admittedly, Congress can pass legislation to overturn an Executive Order, but in many cases it is unwilling to act. Congress is so evenly split at the present time, many issues are debated endlessly or never even discussed. This means that there is usually no recourse to an Executive Order.

  • Yes, an Executive Order is an unchecked abuse of power.

    When the Constitution was written to create the Government of the United States, a system of checks and balances was put in place to ensure no branch of Government would be superior to the other two. When an Executive Order is issued by the President, he is basically creating a law without Congress' approval. Therefore, the check that Congress has on the President of being able to veto the law, is non-existent. The only exception to this would be an Executive Order relating to the Armed Forces in which the President is the Commander in Chief and is permitted to issue such orders.

  • Unconstitutional

    According to the U.S Constitution, only Congress is allowed the authority to create laws. The power for the president to issue executive orders isnt in the constitution therefore the president cannot lawfully order one. The executive branch was meant to have very little power that way we the people would retain control over government.

  • No Legal Authority

    The Congress alone can make laws, not the President or the Courts. Congress is limited to making only within the confines of enumerated powers granted in The U.S.Constitution. Most of what the Federal Government does today is completely illegal and needs to be ended. We need arrests and trials of all elected officials both in office and retired from office.

  • Congress Alone Makes Laws

    The presidential powers enumerated in the Constitution of the United States of America forbid that a president create law. The only power that the president has is how those laws are applied and enforced, which should be enough power for the president. The current use of presidential orders usurp the power of congress, and should be deemed unconstitutional by the SCOTUS.

  • Are Executive Orders Constitutional?

    “When a President issues an unconstitutional Executive Order and Congress allows the order to stand they are violating their oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”
    If Congress does not veto an Executive Order, it is NOT unconstitutional in the eyes of Congress. If Congress allows an Executive Order to stand unchallenged, either the EO IS constitutional or Congress is also at fault.

  • President Has to Run His Own Department

    The U.S. Constitution does not specifically say the President of the United States has executive order authority. Congress can pass a law to amend the Constitution if necessary. Judicial procedures are also in place to challenge executive orders. The president has the right to manage executive departments in his Cabinet with executive orders to ensure those departments run smoothly.

  • You can't have it both ways where EOs are ok under Republicans but evil under Democrats.

    It is hypocritical to say that Executive Orders under President Obama are unconstitutional unless you say ALL EOs are such. Reagan and Bush had far more EOs than Obama and EOs have been happening in large numbers since the 1930's, People need to educate themselves instead of just spouting off irrationally.

  • The founding fathers did it.

    Its been going on since the first president and all thereafter. And, those early presidents were founding fathers or knew them personally and would be more likely to know what their intent was. one other thing, Obama has issued fewer than the last 19 presidents before him. The cries of them being unconstitutional are just another of the anti-obama groups antics. I don't recall conservatives objecting to them from the past.

  • It is an inferred right of the President.

    Generally speaking, executive orders are discretionary rights of the President. Though it is not specifically spelled out, the Presidents right to issue executive orders is inferred by the constitution, provided it is a legal order and not attempting to create new law. As only two executive orders have been overturned since 1789, they may not be popular, but they are legal. Of interest - through his first term, Barack Obama signed 139 executive orders.

  • EO have been around since country's inception

    Every president has used the EO while president, some much more so than others. President Obama is not even close to the record, in fact W issued more. In order for an EO to be unconstitutional, congress must take it before the court system and ONLY are judicial branch can declare and EO or law unconstitutional. That is how the system works. Look on Wikipedia for list of all EO used since US was formed.

  • Needs to be specific

    An executive order itself is not unconstitutional at all providing that the content of the executive order falls under the powers granted to the president in the second article of the constitution. Obama's executive order pardons an entire group of illegal immigrants which is completely covered under that article. However, he is also granting them work papers which is not covered under that article in any way therefore making this specific executive order unconstitutional.

  • It is possible that the president may be abusive with his executive orders.

    This is because congress are not liable to veto any laws.The president cant always get what they want because, congress has a lot of limitations on what the president is allowed to do.For instance:if the president tries to pass a law that goes against our favor or rights of inhabitants of America,the congress could pass a whole new law that the president has to enforce/execute,whether he likes it or not.

  • Executive Orders is Constitutional

    The President is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Executive Branch of Government and has the authority to implement policies and procedures that are necessary for the administration of the duties and responsibilities that have been assigned to him by the Constitution.
    These answers are correct! Hope it helped- Anonymous!

  • NO! This phony republican ranting over the unconstitutionality of executive orders is getting old. Marco Rubio's blah blah over Obama's EOs hypocrytical at best

    Rubio's blah blah about his GOP being the party of Lincoln and Reagan is a load! Lincoln signed arguably the most famous EO of all. It freed the slaves. And Ronny has signed more EOs than Obama. Perhaps Rubio wants to reverse Lincoln's. It certainly would not be a surprise coming from the GOP.
    So what we have is Rubio acting like a child. My dad' EOs are better than your dad's.

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Anonymous says2013-08-30T09:16:22.967
I dont know thats why i came here, for an answer
jimretiredusaf says2016-09-25T00:56:46.657
Madison did not write the Constitution to be complicated so only lawyers would understand !! Executive Orders are Unconstitutional, except for orders for the Military, because he is Commander in Chief. If Executive orders are Constitutional, then when may Presidents not make an Executive Order ?? If Executive Orders are Constitutional, then Congress is not needed !! The Founding Fathers Quotes and Constitution limit the Federal Government, as stated by Madison and Jefferson !! Executive Orders make the Presidents Dictators, as they may make any laws they want without Congress, as President Obama has proven !! I can't even understand why this subject is a debate, because it is obvious that Executive Orders are Unconstitutional !!